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Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish


The distinguished surname Twaits is thought to have emerged in the border region between North England and Scotland. It is derived from the Old Norse "pveit," meaning "meadow, piece of land." Thus, the name originally referred to a "dweller at the meadow."

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The surname Twaits was first found in Norfolk. The earliest known bearer of the name was Ralph del Thweit, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls for 1206. The name later emerged in the northern county of Yorkshire, borne by a notable family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thwaites, Thwaits, Thwaite, Thweat, Thweatt, Thwaytes, Twaite, Twaites, Twaits, Tweats, Thoytes, Thwayte, Threet, Threat and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twaits research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1301, 1379, 1441, 1453, 1445, 1446, 1435, 1503, 1471, 1483, 1478, 1483, 1483, 1490, 1483, 1493, 1638, 1723, 1797, 1824 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Twaits History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 231 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twaits Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Thwaites, who settled in Boston, Massachussets in 1635; Francis Thwaytes, who traveled to Maryland in 1638; Mary Thwait, who immigrated to Virginia in 1662.

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  • William Twaits (1879-1941), Canadian gold medalist football (soccer) player in the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • William Osborn Twaits CC (1910-1985), Canadian businessman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Oil Limited


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  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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